Feel free to personalize this offer with MOTOYUKI.
Here at Kasuisai Temple, you can have an authentic Buddhist Zen experience for a day. Kasuisai Temple belongs to the Soto style of Zen Buddhism. It is located in the city of Fukuori (my hometown), Shizuoka prefecture. It was founded 600 years ago and has a traditional architectonic design; a Zuiryukau (guesthouse) and a Tosu (toilet), and has been designated a National Cultural Property.
To practice Zen meditation, you must sit with you legs crossed for 30 minutes in the Buddhist hall (it is important not to move during meditation), and when the time is right, the monk will smack you on the shoulder with a Keisaku (wooden stick).
Shakyou, or Sutra writing, is the traditional Japanese way of writing Kanjis (Chinese characters) on Washi (Japanese paper). Experience traditional Japanese calligraphy yourself using a brush pen and Indian ink!
Buddhist monks traditionally eat a Buddhist diet. Buddhism strictly prohibits to kill or eat animals, so is completely vegetarian, but very tasty and beautiful.
Note that this is a public event (not private). You and I (your wonderful guide) will take part in these events alongside other people.
Guide fee (English)
Lunch (Buddhism dish)
Offertory for Buddhisim practice = JPY3,800 per person
Transportation fee (JR train and local bus from Kakegawa sta. to Kasuisai temple) = approx. JPY500 per person
Tour operates (2019) on Apr6, Apr20, May4, May18, Jun1, Jun15, Sep7, Sep21, Oct12, Oct19, Nov2, Nov16. *Contact to check availability on your requesting day.
Only adult can participate in this tour (over 15 years on request).
Prepare appropriate outfit for Buddhism practice (less revealing).
Accommodation can be arranged before and after the tour in the location.
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Moto is a fantastic guide, he was happy to share his local knowledge of Mt Fuji, the Forrest, and the Shrine which was exactly what we were looking for. Moto was able to accomodate my slow walking and extra stops for viewing My Fuji. I would book Moto again in a heart beat, he's amazing :)
We had the absolute best day with Motoyuki! He was so fantastic and kind right from the pick up and made everything easy for us with helping figure out transport of where to meet him and he planned one of our most memorable days in Japan. Our itinerary on our limited time in the Fuji area he was able to show us some amazing viewpoints at the Fuji 5 lakes and took us into Aokigahara forest to the ice caves which was incredible and even to a Japanese onsen with views of Mount Fuji from the indoor and outdoor hot springs. Lunch was also amazing and we were able to try some local delicacies to the area. I highly recommend a day tour with him! Incredibly great value in hiring him as our private guide to take us to this area as having done it by ourselves would have been difficult and not nearly... read more
Moto-san took us to a unique spot to photograph Japan’s famous mountain. What a view,! We saw a lot, met local people, ate beautiful Sushi, ( actually the best we had), and learnt a lot. Thank you so much
Moto-san met us as agreed despite our delays due to Golden Week that were beyond our control. He was very good keeping in touch with us and very thoughtful about our needs. His knowledge of local area around Fuji five lakes was great and he was fantastic at explaining everything to our grandson. If I go back to Japan I will be sure to contact him again.
We loved our tour with Moto. He met us at the cruise terminal and took us via taxi and his car to see the sights. He took us a back way to a lovely look-out point to see Mt Fuji with the tea plantations all around us. It was so peaceful and beautiful as all the tour buses went to another spot for viewing Mt Fuji. We had no traffic or congestion. Moto is a very nice person and a wonderful guide. He also took us to downtown to experience some of the local culture.